Rocklin resident receives over 52 years to life in home break in attack


Storming and brutal assault on the retired Deputy Sheriff

ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA – On December 14, 2022, Bradley McClung, 37, was sentenced by Honorable Judge Horst to life in prison over 52 years at the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.

In November, a placer county jury found McClung guilty of attempted murder, burglary and other related charges related to the cutting of a home in the Rocklin area in May of this year.

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Specifically, McClung broke into the home of a retired Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and viciously attacked them for over an hour.

McClung also threatened to kill the victim. The victim was only able to contact the police after the defendant “randomly got up and ran out the front door”. The victim had suffered severe injuries such as blood clots that resulted in a brain injury, causing motor difficulty and cognitive problems.

The Rocklin Police Department arrived and quickly found McClung “crouched in the bushes” nearby, arrested him after much resistance and booked him into the Placer County Jail, where he remained confined.

Indifference to human life

The Public Prosecutor’s Office argued that the defendant was sentenced under the Three Strikes Act due to the defendant’s indifference to human life, safety and personal property.

McClung’s record shows an extensive history of burglary and battery running from 2003 to present. He has been on probation and parole many times in the past and has proven that he still “doesn’t do very well” even when he is on probation.

Reports indicate that McClung displays a “high degree of cruelty, brutality, and ruthlessness,” and “displays a pronounced propensity for violence,” as well as a “consistent pattern of criminal behavior.” It was eventually assessed as a “danger to society”.

While sentencing, the court stated that McClung was a “career criminal” with behavior that appeared to be “escalating”. The court also found the defendant to be a clear and present danger to our community.

“worst nightmare”

“The defendant’s callous and violent actions in this case amount to many members of our community’s worst nightmare,” said the prosecuting attorney. “No person should have to put up with what a victim suffered in this case – being targeted without provocation, being ambushed without warning, holding a prisoner where they should be safest – their home – and being relentlessly assaulted. Our office is relieved to know that the defendant He will no longer be able to assault the innocent citizens of Placer County and he will be held accountable for the pain and destruction he has caused.”

California’s three strike sentence law was originally enacted in 1994. The law states that a defendant convicted of a new, defined felony with two or more prior strike convictions is charged with serving a minimum sentence of 25 years up to life in prison.

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